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Video documentary about Lawrence veteran who opposes the war to debut

March 31, 2009


A short video documentary about an Army veteran from Lawrence who spoke out against the War in Iraq will make its debut today.

The 15-minute film, titled “Baghdad, Kansas,” focuses on Mike Sanger, who organized war protests in Lawrence and the Kansas City area.

It was made by Ranjit Arab, a graduate student in journalism at Kansas University who created the video last year as part of his studies. He decided on Sanger as his subject after reading and seeing news media reports about him. The documentary includes interviews with Sanger, footage showing him returning his medals and volunteering to campaign for Barack Obama on Election Day.

“I just made a little sketch about him, what he’s gone through and what some veterans will be going through when they get back,” Arab said.

Arab said he chose the video’s title because it shows that Kansans are not isolated from what is happening overseas. It also conveys the sense that even though Sanger has returned to Kansas, Baghdad is never far behind, Arab said.

The video will be shown at 4 p.m. today in Room 1001 in KU’s Malott Hall. Arab also plans to put it on YouTube. The video showing is open to the public at no cost.

Arab has two previous documentaries on the issue of educating undocumented immigrants, “El Jardin” and “Interstate.”


Aiko 9 years, 2 months ago

That is all good and well but what will he say about the next war US will be involved in? Which could be very soon..??j

viewfromahill 9 years, 2 months ago

Once I was a soldier And I fought on foreign sands for you Once I was a hunter And I brought home fresh meat for you Once I was a lover And I searched behind your eyes for you And soon therell be another To tell you I was just a lie

And sometimes I wonder Just for a while Will you remember me?

And though you have forgotten All of our rubbish dreams I find myself searching Through the ashes of our ruins For the days when we smiled And the hours that ran wild With the magic of our eyes And the silence of our words

And sometimes I wonder Just for a while Will you remember me?

cutny 9 years, 2 months ago

Congratulations on your hard work coming to fruition, Ranjit! Look forward to seeing the documentary.

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